Houston County Sheriff's Office Implements New Pistol Permits

Houston County - Spencer Hall stopped by the Houston County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday to renew his concealed carry permit for the first time.

“I have friends who have carried for years, but I never did. But things have changed. Times have changed,” said Hall.

Now, thanks to Alabama's new gun law, Hall won't have to renew his license for a while.

“You can get permits now in increments to five years. We went to a new driver’s license style card system that we're issuing now,” said Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes.

Hughes said it was a no brainer. The old paper permits are easily damaged, but the new plastic ones can withstand a lot of wear and tear.

“It will hold up like a driver’s license does better than a paper copy that you've got to worry about getting damp. I think that's a good idea that way when an officer checks it he knows immediately that it's his permit,” said Hall.

And that's a good thing because Sheriff Hughes said more people than ever are carrying guns. This new law went into effect last month. It allows people as young as 18 to apply for a permit.

I think it's a good law. I don't think you're going to see an increase in violence in the community because more people can carry handguns.

The concealed carry permits are still 20 dollars a year. So if you renew it for five years, it will cost you 100 dollars.

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